With kickoff of the 2014 season just around the corner, it’s time for the first week of MAC Blogger Roundtable. Each week one MAC blog posses questions to the other blogs and gathers the answers into a digest post. This gives us a chance to get the skinny from many different bloggers’/teams’ perspective and better understand the issues facing other teams on a weekly basis. This week’s questions are from the Buffalo blog, Bull Run.

MAC Roundtable

Below the fold you’ll find the questions that were posed to us and our answers, so read on…



Toledo has added the Virginia Military Institute to the 2018 football schedule. The Rockets will host three non-conference opponents in 2018: Miami (FL), Nevada and VMI.

From UTRockets.com:

The University of Toledo football team has added the Virginia Military Institute (VMI) to its 2018 home schedule, UT vice-president and athletic director Mike O’Brien announced today. The Rockets will host the Keydets on Thursday, Sept. 8, 2018. VMI, an NCAA Division I FCS school, plays in the Southern Conference.

Currently, the 2018 schedule look like this:

Aug. 30 – MIAMI (FL)
Sept. 8 – VMI
Sept. 15 – at Fresno State
Sept. 22 – NEVADA


The Glass Bowl is getting another upgrade. The Rockets are replacing the current video board, a screen size of 25×14 with one that measures 50×30. The current video board will move to the opposite end of the stadium.

The new video board will be four times larger than the current screen and will be attached to the Larimer Athletic Complex on the north end of the field. The old board will be moved to the south end zone, making UT the only school in the Mid-American Conference with video boards on either end of its campus football stadium.

“The new video board and sound system will greatly enhance the game-day experience for our fans,” said O’Brien. “They will really enjoy the larger screen size of our video board, as well as the improved sound quality that will make the music and our public address system clearer and more resonant. In addition, by having two video boards, our fans will be able to see replays and other video content from any angle in the stadium. These improvements are another way we are striving to make the Glass Bowl the best possible venue for our fans to enjoy first-class college football.”

I really like this upgrade. As stadiums continue to add these features to keep attendance numbers up (Camp Randall Stadium at the University of Wisconsin is adding wifi), it was only a matter of time before the Rockets made strides to improve the stadium experience. The new video board should be completed by the home opener on August 30th.



Just after the end of the NFL draft, five undrafted Rockets signed free agent contracts with NFL teams:

  • David Fluellen – Running back – Philadelphia Eagles
  • Bernard Reedy – Wide receiver – Atlanta Falcons
  • Jayrone Elliott – Defensive end – Green Bay Packers
  • Terrance Owens – Quarterback – Pittsburgh Steelers
  • Zac Kerin – Center – Minnesota Vikings

Congratulations to these Rockets as they move on to the next level and join the veteran Rockets already representing UT in the NFL.


Another opponent has been revealed for the 2015 football schedule. On Thursday, September 3, 2015, the Seawolves of Stony Brook will travel to the Glass Bowl to face the Rockets.

Stony Brook Seawolves

Straight from UTRockets.com:

The addition of Stony Brook to the schedule means that the Rockets will host three non-conference opponents in the Glass Bowl in 2015 and seven home games overall. The last time UT had seven home games in one season was 1999. In addition to Stony Brook, Toledo has Iowa State (Sept. 19) and Arkansas State (Sept. 26) on the 2015 home slate. The Rockets will travel to Arkansas on Sept. 12.

Stony Brook, an NCAA Division I FCS school located on Long Island in Stony Brook, NY, was 5-6 in 2013, 3-5 in the Colonial Athletic Conference. The Seawolves gained the attention of Mid-American Conference football fans last season when they took Buffalo into five overtimes before losing, 26-23. In 2012, Stony Brook was 10-3 and advanced into the second round of the FCS playoffs.

So here’s how the 2015 schedule looks so far:

Sept. 3 – Stony Brook
Sept. 12 – at Arkansas
Sept. 19 – Iowa State
Sept. 26 – Arkansas State


Are you ready for some football? Then head to the Glass Bowl on Saturday, April 12th for the annual spring Blue and Gold Game.

From UTRockets.com:

Kickoff is set for 1:00 p.m. Admission is free. Fans can park in either Lot 10 or Lot 9, and should enter via Gate A (west side of stadium near press tower). Fans are asked to use caution around the construction site at the Larimer Building.

This is a great chance to see the team, the coaches and see how the team is coming together for this season’s campaign. Players and coaches will sign autographs in the West Concourse after the game.

For more details, head over here.


The MAC has finally announced the 2014 football schedule. We’ve known that Toledo’s slate of non-conference opponents included New Hampshire, Missouri. Cincinnati, and Iowa State — but now we have a list of MAC opponents to fill out the schedule (Ball St, Central Michigan, Western Michigan, UMass, Kent St, NIU, BGSU and EMU).

Check out the full schedule:

Date Opponent
8/30 New Hampshire
9/6 Missouri
9/12 @ Cincinnati
9/20 Ball St
9/27 Central Michigan
10/4 @ Western Michigan
10/11 @ Iowa St
10/25 Massachusetts
11/4 @ Kent St
11/11 @ Northern Illinois
11/19 Bowling Green
11/28 @ Eastern Michigan

For a full compliment of MAC football schedules, head over to PhilSteele.com.